Spring 2013, and in this article I’m covering a goal achievement tip that really stands up..!
The tip is one I’ve written about for years, and believed in for many years more, because I’ve used the tip to go on some great adventures. I say the tip stands up, because not only it is as valuable today as it was when I first absorbed it nearly 30 years ago, I’m relating it this time to the world of stand up comedy.
Here’s a video of me doing some stand up – it’s the showcase at the end of a course I went on.
As a verdict, I’d say the presentation was not bad.
Confidence? Not bad.
Material? So so.
That might sound odd, and if you ask why I was doing material I’d call so so, then you get to the crux of the point…
I didn’t know it was so so! As a stand up, you can write as much material as you like, but there is only one way to find out if it’s funny to an audience – that’s to perform it to a live audience!
Some of it will get laughs, some of it won’t. Then, you go out and do it to different audience, and see what happens. Then, and you might be ahead of me on this one, you go out and do it to another audience.
You could probably do material 10 times to different audiences to start to get a reasonable idea about whether it works or not.
It’s classic goal achievement theory put into action.
Of course I booked up and attended the course, and I wrote the material, but after that, the only way forward was to perform it. Take action, tweak to improve. Take more action, tweak to improve again.
All stand up comedians do it. All the polished routines you see from the big stars, started out the same way – untested material with only one way to get it tested!
If you follow that theory, you won’t be going backwards. It may feel like it, if you get setbacks, (or if a heckler starts giving you grief!) but in fact you are making progress all the time, and will always be putting yourself further ahead than those who don’t take the action.
In this example, I may end up only keeping one or two lines out of the whole lot, that’s something I can only find out with more action, i.e more performing.
Your goal may have nothing to do with stand up comedy but whatever it is – is there action you can take now, that will show you any tweaks that might be needed, while moving you further forward all the while?
Take action on my stand up tip, get stuck in, and let me know all about it!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. You can read my goal achievement tips with more real life examples in my book ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!’ which has been described as ‘motivational magic!’